As memorials toppled across the country, the African American mayor of the former capital of the Confederacy defended his city's own. Removal doesn't do "anything for telling the actual truth," Levar Stoney said. Two days later, the Richmond mayor said Confederate monuments had become a "rallying point for division and intolerance" and should be removed. Angry residents on both sides of the monument debate hit back at the mayor, who had attempted to stake a middle ground in the impassioned discussions over memorials in a city where Confederate history is a point of pride for many and worth millions in tourist dollars. But as Stoney's experience shows, it's hard to find a middle ground in the city where President Jefferson Davis once presided over a rebel government.
Protests against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee in Charlottesville turned violent on August 12, when white supremacists clashed with counterprotesters. The incident triggered a national debate about other such Confederate monuments. Below we answer the most asked questions. The Confederate states were South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The desire of these states to preserve the institution of slavery was the primary motivation for secession and the main cause of the subsequent American Civil War, which began in1861.
Two statues removed from two parks after the city council votes to sell the land to a private entity. More than 25 cities across the United States have removed or relocated Confederate statues and monuments amid an intense nationwide debate about race and history. After a "Unite the Right" rally in Virginia in August to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee resulted in the death of a woman who was demonstrating against white supremacy, other cities have decided to remove Confederate statues. Many of the controversial mouments were dedicated in the early twentieth century or during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Discussions are under way about the removal of monuments in Houston, Atlanta, Nashville, Pensacola, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, Richmond, Virginia, Birmingham, Alabama, and Charlottesville, Virginia.
After Saturday's car attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, many local officials are again debating whether to remove or relocate the Confederate statues and other historical markers in their cities. While Baltimore hastily removed four of theirs with the approval of its city council, protesters in Durham, North Carolina toppled one before any officials could act. But on Wednesday, Alabama's attorney general sued the city of Birmingham and the mayor for partially covering a Confederate monument downtown with a wooden box. Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement that the move violated the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, which was passed earlier this year and prohibits local officials from removing historical structures, including Confederate monuments, that are more than 40 years old. "The city of Birmingham does not have the right to violate the law and leaves my office with no choice but to file suit," Marshall said in a statement.